Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT/SAT in Lieu of TAPThe Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires all teacher candidates to either pass the four subareas of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or submit ACT or SAT score reports in lieu of TAP that meet the minimum requirements listed under Step Two below.
Report ACT/SAT Test Scores to ISBE (in lieu of TAP)
Set Up an ELIS account with the ISBE. (Save your login and password for future use!)
Two step process:
*Confirm that your ACT or SAT score report meets the following requirements:
Print ACT receipt showing scores were sent to ISBE and submit to Colleen Herald in CLA 345 (skip if using SAT scores)
Access the ACT website and request that your scores be sent to ISBE directly from ACT. Note: Scores reported before an ELIS account has been set-up will be voided after 30 days.
There is no ISBE code for the SAT. Call the College Board at 866-756-7346 to request that your SAT score report be sent to the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Educator Licensure, 100 N. First St., S-306, Springfield, IL 62777.
Check your ELIS account to verify that your ACT/SAT score report has been accepted in lieu of the TAP. Please allow 60 days for this information to be added to your ELIS account. Note: Your ELIS account must reflect ACT Plus Writing or SAT in lieu of the TAP prior to beginning Student Teaching.
ISBE will not return official score reports that reflect a score less than listed above, lack a writing component, or are more than 10 years old at the time of application. Such score reports will be shredded and therefore, cannot be used to apply for an Illinois license or endorsement.
Take TAP or Retake ACT/SAT
*If your ACT/SAT test scores cannot be reported to ISBE in lieu of TAP, you must either (by December sophomore year):
Updated October, 2015.